Tuesday, November 30, 2010

PEAR DUO, 5X7, OIL

I have been getting ready for a big sale this weekend and while cleaning out my studio, I found a stack of paintings that were never posted.  This is one of them; there will be more to follow as time for painting runs short this time of the year.

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$65.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A ROSE IS A ROSE..., 4X8, OIL SOLD

This is more than a daily painting..it's a multi-day painting.  I have worked off and on for three days on this little piece, trying to make it look presentable and maybe even "fresh".
I started off trying to do one of Qiang-huang's three-stroke roses.  After all, it looks very easy when he does it.  Needless to say, didn't work.  Didn't work the first time, or the second time, or even the third time. Scrape, scrape, scrape!!  So this is what I ended up with..not a Qiang masterpiece, but maybe better than I was expecting.



Sunday, November 21, 2010

CAROLINA BARN, 6X8, OIL SOLD

I love driving around the back roads of North Carolina looking for old barns full of character.  This one caught my eye on my last trip.  I don't know if it was the barn or the stone retaining wall that appealed to me.  Maybe a combination of both.

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SOLD

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LEMONS OF CAMPO DI' FIORI, 8X10

Campo di' Fiori is an ancient piazza in Rome where people still live and work.  I lived there for one week in a wonderful apartment that has probably been there since the days of the first pope.  On the Saturday I was there the piazza was devoted to a farmer's market. I found these wonderful lemons that taste similar to lemons we are familiar with, but are huge and lumpy.  It was a great week in Roma!

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$149

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 8X10, OIL


A few days ago I posted  a still life painted before my workshop with Qiang-huang.  This is one of the paintings I did during the workshop.  Qiang has such a wonderful technique, one that looks so easy, but I soon found it to be very difficult.  To view his beautiful paintings, visit his blog here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, 8X6, OIL

A scene from our trip to North Carolina last month.  A beautiful place any time of the year but especially in the spring and fall.
6x8 $70

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This is the set-up for Qiang's 2nd demo at our workshop last weekend.  He did a stunning painting, which is on his bog here.  Check it out!

Monday, November 8, 2010

QIANG HUANG WORKSHOP

My painting friends "Pieces of Eight" and I spent a inspiring and educational weekend painting with the talented Qiang Huang.  Qiang flew in from Austin to instruct  a workshop here, and far exceeded our expectations.  I cannot say enough about this young man's skills, both with a paintbrush and as an instructor.
We finished off with a  fun morning of coffee and talk, followed by lunch and a ride to the airport.  We are all sorry to see him leave and are already planning another workshop with him.

The image above is about 5 minutes into his first demo .  To see the finished painting, go to Qiang's blog.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

BLUE BOTTLE II, 6x8, OIL SOLD

I am attending a workshop this weekend with the great Qiang-huang.  If there is one person out there who has not visited his blog, I urge you to do so immediately!  Not only is he a great painter and excellent  professional instructer, he is a charming and interesting fellow.

This painting was done before the workshop...I hope to have an "after" painting to show you soon.  No promises, if I come out of it with a completed painting, it will be a workshop first for me.

$80.  Purchase here

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

THREE DAYS LATER, 18X24, OIL

I have been very busy the past few weeks (or you could call it unorganized) working on a few pieces with deadlines.  Maybe that is the problem, or maybe fear of the upcoming holidays with all the added responsibilities, but I have wiped off more daily paintings this week than I can ever remember doing before.  That is my excuse for digging out an old painting to post.

When I first purchased these tulips, I dashed off a quick painting of them.  Three days later, they were much more interesting, thus the title.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

PLUMS, 5x7, OIL, SOLD

One of the members of our painting group had really good news last week so we decided to celebrate.
At 9:30 in the morning we poured pink champagne and ate chocolates.  An unusual but divine breakfast for me.  Then we went to our easels and painted.  Is it any wonder that my brushstrokes are much more relaxed?  Do I need to throw out my fiber cereal and buy Godiva stock?  I have to admit is was fun!

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SOLD

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